Thursday, September 10, 2009

Diabetics, Mediterranean Diet & Clay Pot Cooking

According to a nationwide study of diabetics, 99% do not cook their foods in a healthy manner, thus adding to the diabetic's frustration, and inability to control their blood sugar with minimal dependence on medication.

The National Diabetes Association noted that the Mediterranean diet tops the Low-fat diet for diabetics. "After 1 year, patients in the Mediterranean diet group also experienced greater weight loss, it also resulted in better blood sugar control, delayed the need for blood sugar-lowering medication, and improved some heart disease risk factors," the study team found.

What was left out of the printed study was how the Mediterranean's cooked their food.

Mediterranean's cook their food in clay pots, such as Romertopf
which do not require the addition of added fats or added liquids. It is easy efficient and fit perfectly into the diabetic lifestyle.

clay pots or clay bakers are unglazed fired clay dishes with porous properties that allow heat and moisture to combine to cook meals evenly and sealing in nutrients and flavor. Clay bakers require no additional oil, butter or fats.

Soak the clay pot in water for 10 - 15 minutes prior to cooking. The porous clay soaks in the water and redistributes it as it is heated in the oven creating a "steaming" effect without over cooking the meal and depleting it of nutrients.

The steam seals the pot to keep in the natural juices, nutrients and flavors in your meal.

Food inside the
Romertopf clay pot loses little of its moisture, because it is surrounded by steam, creating a tender, flavorful dish. Evaporation of water prevents burning so long as the pot is not allowed to heat until it is completely dry. Since no oil is needed with this cooking technique, food cooked in a clay pot will be lower in fat compared with food prepared by other methods. Unlike boiling, nutrients are not leached out into the water. Which makes this a perfect fit for diabetics.

A high-fat diet in diabetics can lead to fatty liver and insulin resistance, two precursors to Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study inspired by the comumentary Super Size Me.

Dr. Morrison of the University of South Florida explained the connection between cooking healthy (in clay cookware), Mediterranean diet, diabetes and weight loss.

Morrison also said that with a high-fat diet, the pancreas cannot produce insulin as effectively.

Poor performance of both the liver and pancreas can soon lead to high blood sugar.

Doctors across the world say the best cure is prevention. A switch to the Mediterranean diet and cooking in clay bake ware gives the diabetic a roadmap to success.

Healthy preparation of a diabetic meal can be the norm, you do not need the skin on chicken or the fat on roasts. Trim it all off and let the pot do the work for you.

Clay bakers, or clay pots such as ones made by Romertopf
, are great for small meals for two or for a large busy family, as an entire meal can be cooked at once.

Almost any recipe can be prepared using this cooking method. Increase the temperature of the recipe by 10 to 20% and decrease the time by about 15%.

"The Mediterranean diet is a healthy wat to eat and contains essential nutrients in healthy quantities" everything that can help a diabetic, according to the National Diabetes Association. Now is the time to start cooking and eating healthy.

Romertopf clay bakers can be purchased from and come in a large range of sizes, from small to the maxi, which will accommodate a 17.5 pound turkey, just perfect for the holidays.

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